Wyoming probation program not perfect

By: AP
By: AP

Casper, WY (AP) - On a given day in Wyoming, there are roughly 5,400 people on supervised probation in the state.

That's more than double the state's prison population.

The state Department of Corrections' field services office oversees them and has 116 agents who directly monitor those on supervised probation and also people on parole, which is handled differently than probation.

Dawn Sides, who oversees the field services division, says that on average, each state agent is assigned roughly 50 people on supervised probation, with parolees bringing the number up to around 60 or 70 people per agent.

Natrona County District Attorney Michael Blonigen tells the Casper Star-Tribune that he's concerned some people on supervised probation aren't as closely monitored as they should be.

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